If your kids wear glasses and play sports, do you have 2 pair of glasses?

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Posted 10/22/2010 by dillydally in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 10/22/2010 11:34:26 AM
DS (8) needs to get glasses, and the eye dr recommended that in addition to his every day glasses (which he should wear all the time, not just for reading), that we get him some athletic glasses since he plays soccer (generally goalie)

I can definitely see that that would be a good thing, but the thought of buying 2 pair of glasses for an 8 years old is sort of annoying - they aren't cheap! So before I lay out the big bucks - I figured I'd get some opinions from BTDT moms.

Thanks!

ETA: I'm sold - sports glasses it is! And super thanks for the heads up. I'm not sure why I had it iin my head that we'd need to stick with the eye Dr - where the frames DS likes are $195 and the lenses are going to be about $100. Phew!! DS is only about 20/60 now, but if he got his eyes from me (which I think he did), he will only be getting much, much worse (I'm about 20/800).

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Posted: 10/22/2010 11:37:35 AM
My niece is 8 and plays soccer. She got sports glasses at Walmart fairly cheap. (After she broke a pair of regular glasses on the field.)


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Posted: 10/22/2010 11:45:33 AM
We are required to have sports glasses for sports here. Regular glasses are not allowed on the field. So yes we have regular glasses and sports glasses.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:03:00 PM
My DD plays softball year round and she has 3 pairs of glasses. She has 2 pair for every day wear and then she has sports glasses for sports.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:08:16 PM

We are required to have sports glasses for sports here.
That is a good point; I'll need to check on that.

I hadn't considered Walmart - that may be an option. DS isn't on our vision policy (but he sure will be in 2011!!), so we have to pay retail for the glasses. I don't want him to have to wait 2 months just so we can get our glasses credit under the insurance (although that would aveus about $230 at our optician), so I was going to go ahead and at least get the every day ones now, and then use our insurance to get the athletic ones in January if it seemed like we really needed them - sounds like we do!

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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:10:11 PM
When DD wore glasses (she started wearing contacts last year when she was 9), she kept her old pair just to wear for soccer. I'd definitely look into WalMart, Sears, Costco, etc., because they frequently have sales that would make them more affordable.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:24:27 PM
Definately get a second pair. When my DD played keeper in soccer, she wore contacts. She was older though - 13. She started playing coed indoor. Some of those boys could really kick it and several times her glasses flew off. She was also hit in the face several times.

She is only figure skates now. We are dealing with having one pair of glasses that are broken from flying off her face during a double loop jump. We are now scrambling to get another pair. Luckily, we have a health spending account. I usually get her glasses at Target. They run about $120-$160/pair.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:24:35 PM
If your child needs glasses to see, regardless of whether or not they play sports, you should *always* have a back up pair. My son swims. So, he not only has two pairs of glasses, he has two pairs of prescription goggles. One for training, one for racing. And if one fails, he has a backup.

Always have to have a backup.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:36:30 PM
DS had sports googles.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:36:57 PM
Yup. Walmart is the way too go. And my ds went OVER our $125 glasses allowance by $385 dollars. He has crazy messed up vision. So I was practically in tears at the thought of sport glasses. Someone suggested Walmart, and I went (I hate our local Walmart yuck) and was really happy with them. And it was under $200 for sport glasses. Great investment for sure!


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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:40:34 PM
Rec Specs are a MUST in my opinion for kids who play sports where objects will be flying at their head!! And goalie? Oh my, he needs some rec specs *for sure*

Seriously, if a ball hits your son in the face with a regular pair of glasses on, your son could be seriously injured.

My eyeglasses wearing 12 year old has played soccer since age 4, and I have seen many a kid have their eyeglasses cut their face/eyes and fly off and be broken.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 12:48:58 PM

Rec Specs are a MUST in my opinion for kids who play sports where objects will be flying at their head!!
Ok, that just made me LOL!

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:04:02 PM
i did make it a point to buy DS(6) a pair of sports glasses before football began. they were about $70 at walmart.

i also found, by chance, a program in ohio that gives you a free pair of sports glasses if you already wear glasses. so we got one of those, too, but tinted for outside in the sun.

and i'm going to get him a second pair of regular glasses so we have a backup pair. they were only $60.

we have vision insurance, but it's kind of a wash moneywise.

having the sports glasses will come in handy.

oh, and remember, for a son that young, he WILL break them. step on them. lose them. so get a cheap pair to start.

we say to put them "either on your FACE or in the CASE."

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:06:16 PM
if you click on my name <---------------------, you can see a pic of DS with his cute little walmart glasses on.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 2:01:43 PM
Both of my kids are in soccer and wear glasses. My dd has glaucoma so her sight is constantly changing. I buy back up pairs of glasses from zennioptical.com for $8-$12.
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